Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wiltshire Craft Beer Review: New Forest Ale from Downton Brewery

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Wiltshire craft beer review is for New Forest Ale from Downton Brewery.

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New Forest from Downton is a russet coloured beer. Bitter sweet coffee flavours up front. Very pleasant earthy flavours or cumin and turmeric. A quaffable English bitter. Lovely!

This is the sort of beer that would give the whole "craft beer revolution" in many places some actual credibility.

So much of it is either alco-poppy IPAs of questionably high ABV, stouts "aged" in barrels where people used to keep whiskey, or beers with flavourings that have no business being in beers.

This is the kind of ale that has been found all over the UK for centuries. Reddish-brown, low alcohol, and earthy bitter.

Maybe this sort of beer is simply too difficult to make well. It relies on malts and domestic hops to create all the flavours. There is an art to that. Not 27 kinds of "new world" hops and bits of guava being used to create the flavours of new world hops and guava.

I think it is time for craft beer to grow up a bit and branch out into more interesting and varied flavours.

Interested in a good old English bitter craft beer? Check out this video review for Hope and Glory from Brentwood Brewing Company


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